Blue Origin's Giant New Glenn Rocket in Pictures

Preparing to Land

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The first stage booster approaches the ocean-based landing pad. See the video and full story.

Powering Down

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Blue Origin's New Glenn first stage rocket booster lands on the ship's launch pad. See the video and full story.

Landing Success

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As the New Glenn rocket booster lands on the ship's launch pad the stabilizing legs descend to keep the rocket upright. See the video and full story.

Mission Success

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Out in orbit somewhere, New Glenn's stage two orbits with its satellite as designed. See the video and full story.

Blue Origin's New Glenn Heavy-Lift Rockets

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Blue Origin's newly announced New Glenn heavy-lift rockets will feature reusable first stages. The two- and three-stage versions will stand 270 feet (82 meters) and 313 feet (95 m) tall, respectively.

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Jeff Bezos announces Blue Origin will move to Kennedy Space Center, Florida, during a media event on Sept. 15, 2015.

Jeff Bezos Announces Florida Launches for Blue Origin

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Jeff Bezos, founder of Blue Origin, announces his company's plans to launch spaceships and rockets from Florida's Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at Launch Complex 36 on Sept. 15, 2015.

Bezos with BE-4 Engine Nozzle

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Blue Origin founder Jeff Bezos poses with part of a BE-4 engine nozzle during a media tour of the company's headquarters in Kent, Washington, on March 8.

Blue Origin BE-4 Engine Test

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Testing of components of the BE-4 engine is in progress at Blue Origin's facilities in West Texas.

Blue Origin BE-4 Engine Model

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A model of Blue Origin's BE-4 rocket engine is seen on display, Sept. 17, 2014, at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

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